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DANSK LYS – Lighting and Lamp Design from Denmark

Special exhibition
15 November 2016
until 15 January 2017

Design lovers and fans of lighting design can look forward to Danish lighting design: The exhibition “DANSK LYS – Lighting and Lamp Design from Denmark” is on show at at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany from 15 November 2016 until 15 January 2017. The Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin presents it on occasion of the Essener Lichtwochen, a festival of illumination in the city of Essen.

“Danish Design” is a phenomenon but what about “Danish lighting design”? Both is based on functionalism. Danish lighting design focuses on the interplay between light and man. This counts for the design of lamps as well as lighting for rooms and buildings. In short Danish lighting design takes into account that light plays a huge role in the quality of our lives. Danish lighting design stands for simplicity – true to the motto “Less is more”. The design is also characterised by a certain feeling for the colours of light, the use of screens and the moods of light. Modern functions of today are now added: The use of LED, robust materials, energy efficiency and new ways of light control.

The exhibition “DANSK LYS – Lighting and Lamp Design from Denmark” shows iconic lamps by Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton as well as new and playful designs by Cecilie Manz, Nicholai Wiig Hansen and the Designduo Gamfratesi among several others. A key statement is that lighting design is much more than the design of lamps. The exhibition features therefore also prize-winning lighting concepts for indoor and outdoor locations: A theatre, a harbour area and a train station is among the cases on show. Last but not least a couple of cases illustrate how Danish lighting design integrates sustainability and energy efficiency - without compromising on aesthetics.

The exhibition is produced by the Royal Danish Embassy Berlin in cooperation with the Danish Centre for Lighting Design, State of Green and the Red Dot Design Museum and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Foreign Ministry.

Admission: 9 € (Reduced: 4 €)
Children under 12: Free admission


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Important note

The Red Dot Design Museum will be closed on 24, 25, 31 December 2019 & 1 January 2020. On 20 December 2019 the museum closes at 4 p.m. due to an event (last entrance: 3 p.m.).